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    Growing Beautiful Roses

    Roses millions have them but how does someone care for them?
    Caring for roses is not as hard as some people may believe. Below is what they need.

    They like lots of water especially when first planted.
    They need at least 6 hours of sun each day.

    They prefer rich loamy soil.

    Roses should NOT stand in water, even during dormant winter months.

    They can be planted alone or with other companion perennials. Be sure to give then enough room to fill out. Normally around 3-4ft. between plants.

    Remember to plant roses where falling snow, ice, or any other debris will not damage plants.

    The Best time to prune growing roses are from December through early Feburary. Deep watering is better than shallow water.

    Use a good "Mulch" to retain water. Compost, bark, straw or other similiar materials discourage weeds!

    Typically roses should be fertilzed once in early spring, summer and early fall. DO not fertilize during colder climates or the winter season.

    Aphids, thrips, powdery mildew problems....Read more about rose problems here

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    Trimming roses. Only prune and trim if there is need too. Prune old dying dark brown branches and limbs. Prune off all expired blooms. And remove if needed prune down to the third or fourth limb.

    I recommend using Corona Pruners for pruning almost anything - This gardening tool has a forged steel alloy blades hold a sharp cutting edge and are heat treated for superior hardness and strength. This is what all our employees at Color Your World Nurseries use. Easy long lasting pruners. Next time your in one of our stores make to ask for one. Corona Clipper 3/4-Inch Forged Bypass Pruner #BP 3160gardening tools
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    Many of our roses come in 3ga. peat pot containers, which are bio-degradable and can be planted in the ground with the pot. Remember to fertilize roses when the plant leafs out. And always apply fertilizer according to the instructions on the product label.

    Apply a balanced fertilizer inside the dripline in a circle a foot or two from the base. It is always best to use a good rose food fertilizer. Miracle-Gro Shake N Feed Rose Food Will work extremely well.

    Folllow instuctions on all product labels. Follow the checklist below and adjust according to YOUR needs.
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    Fertilizing and growing roses

    Fertilize when rose plant leafs out. You should not fertilize during winter. WHY - Because you are basically wasting your money. This holds true for most plants that go dormant during the winter.

    Fertilize again after first bloom.

    In the southwest things go dormant rather the latest date is around early November. As stated before do not fertilize in December, January, and February. Foliage will start to grow around mid-late March.

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    growing roses tips Paul Recommends Miracle-Gro, 4.5 LB, Shake and Feed, Rose Food, Plant Food Will Last Up To 3 Months, Easy to Use Pour Out Spout.

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    Types of Roses

  • Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora rose-They are large elegant blooms on long straight stems ideal for cutting.

  • Floribunda-A busy rose with clustered bloom habit.

  • English Rose-These roses have full double blooms of old roses with repeated flowering-ideal for landscaping.

  • Climbing Rose-The climbing rose is named for the climbing habit, they grow best along trellises or arbors.

  • Hedge Rose-Used for low maintenance fencing along property lines.

  • Shrub Rose-They are known for there trouble free and easy to grow maintenance.

  • Miniature-Blooms structure and habit of hybrid teas, minatures roses are grown in containers of used for landscaping in smaller areas.

  • Tree Rose-Excellent for the patio or around large statuary and pond areas.

  • Due to the seasonal nature of our roses and the limited quantities on many varieties. Not all roses are available at various times. If the rose plant you are looking for is not available, Guzman's Greenhouse may be able to recommend a substitute plant appropriate for your garden or landscape conditions.

    Click Here for a comprehensive guide to roses.


    Click here for Shrub Roses - Including the Knockout and the Bonica rose.


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